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John LaPorta

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Born: April 1, 1920 | Died: May 12, 2004    Primary Instrument: Clarinet

John LaPorta

At one point in time, John LaPorta looked like he was going to be one of the leading clarinetists in modern jazz. His cool tone and very advanced style (influenced by Lennie Tristano) seemed to be making him the Lee Konitz of the clarinet.

LaPorta showed great promise as a reedman, particularly for his skills as a bebop and Third Stream clarinetist, but chose to sidestep into the educator's chair. One of his first professional gigs was with Bob Chester's swing band, beginning in 1942. In '44 he joined the Herman aggregation and remained for two years, making his own imprint on what became a classic big- band sound. His taste and technique were impeccable on alto and tenor saxes and clarinet....
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John Laporta Appears on Albums and CDs

Charlie Parker With Strings: The Master Takes
(1995)

You're Mine, You: 1939-1950
(2004)

Helen Merrill/Dream Of You
(2007) Remastered

Everything I Have Is Yours: The Best Of The M-G-M Years
(1991)

Brandeis Jazz Festival
(2005) Bonus Tracks; Spain; Remastered

Thundering Herd
(1988)

Blowin' Up A Storm: The Columbia Years 1945-1947.
(2001)

Essential Charlie Parker
(1992)

Woody Herman Story
(2001)

Thundering Herds 1945-1947
(1988)

Pre-Bird
(1960)

Birth Of Hard Bop
(2000)

At Carnegie Hall, 1946
(1946)

Jazz Composers Workshop
(1956)

Dream Of You
(1957)

Piano Player
(1998)

Charles Mingus' Finest Hour
(2002)

V-Disc Years 1944-46, Vol. 1 & 2
(1992)

An Ace Face (2007)

Live At The Blue Note: Chicago, March 1953
(1998)

Jazzical Moods
(1954)

This Is Jazz #24
(1997)

Jazz Composers Workshop
(1956)

Ultimate Charlie Parker
(1999)

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